Cavities vs. Acid Wear

Acid wear and cavities are not the same, but they can both be harmful to teeth. Acid wear is a form of tooth wear that is caused by acid softening the surface of the tooth enamel. Cavities are holes in the tooth created by bacterial decay. Here are some of the main differences between cavities and acid wear:

Tooth with a cavity
Tooth with a cavity

Cavities

 

  • They form when foods with sugar or starches are turned into acids by the bacteria in the mouth.
  • Over time, the acids in plaque can cause the enamel to break down and a cavity to form, which may require filling by a dentist.
Tooth with a cavity
Tooth with a cavity

Acid Wear

 

  • Acid wear can occur across the whole tooth surface that has been exposed to acid.
  • It is the result of the interaction of acids (either from food, drinks, or the stomach) on the surface of tooth enamel.
  • Acidic softening can weaken enamel over time, putting teeth at risk of thinning, yellowing, dullness, and making them more susceptible to sensitivity.
  • Even if your teeth are clean and healthy, you can still experience acid wear.

Tooth enamel is irreplaceable, so acid wear presents a risk to your oral health. Since it is not easily detectable to the naked eye, only a dentist can properly assess the effects of acid wear on your tooth enamel.

Over time, acid wear can lead to reduced enamel thickness and a change in the shape, texture, and appearance of your teeth. It can also cause your teeth to become sensitive.

Talk to your dentist about acid wear and what steps you can take to protect your enamel.

Acidic Orange cut into two halves

The Effects of Acid Wear

Learn about the effects of acid wear and how your teeth could be at risk.

Learn about the effects of acid wear

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How to Prevent Acid Wear

Learn about the steps you can take to prevent acid wear and protect your teeth.

Learn how to prevent acid wear

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Why Pronamel®?

Discover how Pronamel® helps keep tooth enamel strong and helps protect against the effects of acid wear.

Find out how Pronamel® works

Acidic Orange cut into two halves

The Effects of Acid Wear

Learn about the effects of acid wear and how your teeth could be at risk.

Learn about the effects of acid wear

Woman pouring milk for herself

How to Prevent Acid Wear

Learn about the steps you can take to prevent acid wear and protect your teeth.

Learn how to prevent acid wear

Young woman smiles and stands in front of the mirror

Why Pronamel®?

Discover how Pronamel® helps keep tooth enamel strong and helps protect against the effects of acid wear.

Find out how Pronamel® works